James ‘Jack’ Smithhart

James ‘Jack’ Smithhart


A private memorial service was held for James “Jack” Smithhart Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. 

He passed away August 19, 2020. Jack had resided in the Terrell area for 35 years and had just recently moved to a new home in Canton with Sherry, his wife of 44 years.  

Jack lived a full, blessed life. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. At age 17 he enlisted in the Marines, serving in the Korean War. After returning home he started Continental Steel and Builder’s Supply Co. which he owned and managed for 25 years. He also started Smithhart Aviation and Flight School where he too, learned to fly. After retiring in his late 50’s he and Sherry bought land and created Lazy Oaks Ranch. He raised cattle and produced outstanding hay crops. He fell in love with cutting horse competition and decided to get a horse and saddle up. He soared in success by winning First Place in the World Cutting Horse Amateur Division.  

Jack will be greatly missed by his family and friends; who take comfort in knowing he is in Heaven enjoying the friends and family who preceded him in death, and playing with his beloved dog Peanut and horse Freckles.

He was preceded in death by his mother Lenora; father Clyde; son, Steven; brother C.A.; and sisters Melba and Betty.  

 Jack is survived by his wife Sherry; son Ken and wife Kim; granddaughters Brittany and husband James, and Morgan and husband Tyler; son Bo and wife Chris; grandsons Travis and Clay; granddaughter Kaley and husband Tony; daughter Peggy and husband Francis; and granddaughters Jenna, and Lucie and husband Luke. He is also survived by sisters Clydell and Mayola; brothers Carroll and Ronnie; and many nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.